MANHATTAN, Kan. (Press Release) - This special award, originally started in 1967, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding and repeated contributions to the progress of our community over a period of years.
A diverse set of individuals have received this prestigious honor throughout the years – a University President, a number of local politicians, an elementary school principal, a legendary football coach and prominent members of the business community.
In 1990, the award was renamed to honor the late Lud Fiser. Fiser served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce for 27 years. Throughout his life, his selfless commitment and effort to improving Manhattan provided inspiration to countless others.
Our special honoree is married has three children and six grandchildren.
College degrees earned from the University of Kansas and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Our Citizen of the Year has been involved in numerous charitable activities and on Manhattan boards, as well as engaged with Kansas State University.
A few of those activities include:
• Selection committee for Leadership Kansas
• Governors Military Council
• KSU College of Business Character-Based Leadership Board
• Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art Governing Board
• KSU Department of Music Advisory Board
• Chairman of the Kansas Arts Commission
Her work with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce has included participation on numerous committees including her work as the initial chair of the very successful Retire to the Flint Hills Committee. She is a former Board member, Executive Committee member and Chair of the Board. Her passionate support for Manhattan was a key to the announcement that NBAF was locating here near the conclusion of her term as chair.
The 2013 Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year…..Linda Weis.
Posted by Stephanie Schultz